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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 19 May 1951Queens, New York, USA
Date of Death 15 April 2001New York City, New York, USA  (lymphatic cancer)
Birth NameJeffry Ross Hyman
Nickname The Godfather of Punk Rock
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joey Ramone was born Jeffry Hyman and the lead singer of the four-member punk-rock band the Ramones. The band started in Queens, New York, in 1974, when, as he said, "The only thing that you heard on the radio was disco." By 1976, the band became a major force in the evolution of rock-n-roll; they have been lauded as the inventors of punk rock and are important influences in musical and pop culture. Joey began his musical career at age 13 playing the drums. By the age 19, he was playing in New York clubs, sometimes under the name Jeff Starship. Their big break came at the legendary CBGB, a where-it's-at club that also gave rise to the likes of Blondie and Talking Heads. The Ramones was one of the first acts signed to Seymour Stein's Sire Records. Twenty-one years later, and on another label, the group disbanded.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (8)

Long black hair covering his face
Red sunglasses
His height
His Queens accent
Leather gloves
Standing in one place onstage
Leather Jacket,T-Shirt and Ripped Jeans
Extremely Thin Frame

Trivia (18)

Founder of early punk-rock group the Ramones.
Reportedly died in his hospital bed as U2's song "In a Little While" had finished playing on the radio.
Along with fellow band members, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Tommy, chose the name Ramone for himself and for the band when Dee Dee learned that Paul McCartney was reputed to have use the name when checking into hotel rooms incognito. The band never had a single in the top 40 of national charts, and only three singles ever broke into the top 100.
One of the first television appearances of the Ramones was on the local TV program "The Uncle Floyd Show." Grateful for the free publicity when they were still growing in popularity, they continued to make occasional appearances on the show even after they became famous, spoke highly of the show in press interviews, made a reference to the show in their song "It's Not My Place (In the Nine to Five World)," and wore T-shirts and buttons that promoted the show when they appeared on national television programs. Both Joey Ramone and the show's host, Floyd Vivino, appeared in the film Final Rinse (1999).
The inspiration for one of the Ramones' biggest hits, "I Wanna Be Sedated," reportedly came when Joey was hospitalized for exhaustion after a concert tour.
Both the Sex Pistols and the Clash credit the Ramones as a source of inspiration in their formative years.
His last recorded work appears as a backup vocalist on the CD "One Nation Under" by the Diné (Navajo) punk rock group Blackfire. Joey sang backup on the tracks "What Do You See" and "Lying To Myself."
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Ramones were named the second-greatest band of all time by Rolling Stone magazine (behind the Beatles).
The Ramones self-titled debut album is usually credited as the first true punk album.
Throughout the 1970s, Bruce Springsteen wrote several hit songs for other artists without scoring a Top-10 single himself. Joey asked Springsteen to compose a song for the Ramones that was to be included on the Phil Spector-produced "End of the Century" album. The song was his classic single "Hungry Heart," which he ended up recording and releasing himself at the insistence of his manager.
Although the Ramones shared credit for writing all songs, Joey actually wrote a majority of the Ramones songs by himself, with most of the significant early songs having been written by either him or Dee Dee Ramone.
Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Pete Townshend of the Who, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, and Phil Rudd of AC/DC.
He was often at odds with guitarist Johnny Ramone, despite a 20+ year collaboration with the Ramones. They disagreed on many things, from the artistic direction of the band (Johnny wanted to keep performing similar material, Joey wanted to experiment more) to politics (Johnny was a die-hard Republican conservative, Joey was an outspoken liberal), but the main wedge occurred when Johnny stole Joey's girlfriend Linda and eventually married her.
East 2nd Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue, the street adjacent to the legendary club CBGB in New York City, was renamed Joey Ramone Place after his death.
Suffered from OCD.
Actively disliked The parents Music Resource Center, considering it a form of Censorship. He wrote the song "Censorshit" about it.
An outcast in his neighborhood, he was frequently a target of bullies in school due to his towering height and awkward demeanor which was a result of his severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Personal Quotes (6)

Everybody's just emulated us and now everybody just kinda takes our sound as their foundations.
[Song lyrics] "Life's a gas, Life's a gas, Life's a gas, a gas, oh yeah/ Life's a gas, Life's a gas, Life's a gas, a gas, oh yeah/ So don't be sad 'cause I'll be there/ Don't be sad at all"
[Commenting on their very first performance at CBGB's] "We played to an audience of five, but that's only if you include the bartender's dog."
To me, punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying 'This is who I am'. To me, John Lennon and Elvis Presley were punks, because they made music that evoked those emotions in people. And as long as people are making music that does that, punk rock is alive and well.
The Eagles and the Captain and Tennille ruled the airwaves, and we were the answer to it.
[Explaining sardonically to Rona Barrett why they are called the Ramones] It's a coincidence. When we met in the elevator, we all had the same last name. ("Tomorrow Coast to Coast", September 1, 1981)

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